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Poster: Crazy Otto Date: Mar 31, 2011 12:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur Count - Yay or Nay?

Definitely put me down for a nay. I of course loved the GD, could even stomach '95 moreso than most folks. Have enjoyed Ratdog and the various Phil & Friends line-ups through the years, and had an absolute blast on the Dead '09 tour.

Unfortunately Furthur is where I officially get off the bus. They just don't do it for me. I'm sure they are decent enough live, and I appreciate how they are tackling some interesting material for the setlists, but the recordings I've heard put me to sleep, to the point I haven't felt the need to pay money to see them live.

Definitely not knocking anyone that does dig them though. If the fans are having a blast and so are Phil, Bob and the others, then more power to everyone.

Personally I'd love to see Phil get back to Phil & Friends and playing with much higher energy than Furthur seems capable of, but with each passing day that looks like less of a reality.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 31, 2011 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Maybe not...

Not sure P&F is dead, just may involve a road trip on the audience's part, instead of the other way around:

PHIL LESH TO OPEN NEW VENUE IN MARIN COUNTY

Phil Lesh
In a posting on the official Furthur Message Board, Phil Lesh outlined plans to open up a new venue in Marin County, California called Terrapin Landing. The building will host album nights, singalongs, West Coast rambles (based on Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles), and more. Check out the complete post below:

"We're taking the first steps to make a long time dream- a permanent musical home- come true. We are purchasing a building in Marin, and plan on remodeling it to feel like an old barn; we're calling it Terrapin Landing. We will continue with Furthur while making music at Terrapin Landing when we are at home.

The music will be varied, featuring:

Phil Lesh & Friends (continuing the tradition of revolving lineups, including old as well as new friends)
West Coast Rambles, based on (and blessed by) Levon Helm's historic Rambles

Album night- we pick a favorite album or two to play live

Telstar night- we put together a band for free form improvisation

Sing-alongs to monthly Sunday morning gospel music

Trivia nights

Monthly big band night

Seminars with local musicians and artists

Our goal is to create a vibrant community gathering place: beautiful, comfortable, welcoming - for members of the community to commingle and enjoy good music.

- Phil"